I have taken this trip on several occasions in the past but, while taking my COVID booster, flu and pneumonia vaccines, I thought that it was time to take this trip again. At this time of the year, we experience sniffles, running noses and coughs. Some of you have done as I have or are planning to get these vaccines, as well as the RSV vaccine, that I have scheduled. This time of the year also means taking non-vaccine precautions to avoid a cold or flu. The vaccines I mentioned are high on the list for many of us. Stocking up on over-the-counter medications or home remedies that were found in many households in the past is also a common practice today. So, let us return to those cold medications that were found in most medicine and storage cabinets back in the day; some of which are still used today.
Is it possible to reflect on cold remedies of the past without mentioning Vicks Vapor Rub? As a child, it seemed as though everyone used Vicks! It was commonly rubbed on ones chest and then covered with a tee shirt, but I recall my father rubbing it under, and even in, my nostrils to clear my head. Occasionally, a small dab was placed on my tongue to treat a sore throat. If used as a rub, everyone with whom you came in contact knew you had been rubbed with Vicks. In no uncertain terms, it smelled! While it was the medication of choice for many in the past, I have a jar in my medicine cabinet today that I use whenever I feel the onset of a cold. It works, as well today, as it did, back in the day.